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Police identify two who died in fatal Highway 101 crash

Drivers traveling on Highway 101 between Dunes City and Florence must find an alternate route.

Posted: Jul 28, 2021 5:49 PM

FLORENCE, Ore. -- Police are identifying the people involved in a fatal crash on Highway 101 on Wednesday.

It happened at about 7:20 a.m. near Florence at milepost 196. All lanes of Highway 101 were closed south of Florence due to the wreck.

MORE: FATAL CRASH SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 101 SOUTH OF FLORENCE

Oregon State Police say early investigation indicates Rhonda Wild, 51, of Fresno, California, was driving a Ford Contour north in the southbound lane when her vehicle collided with a southbound Nissan Titan that was pulling a boat. Jason Smith, 46, of Prineville was driving the Nissan.

Both Wild and Smith suffered fatal injuries and were declared dead. Two passengers in the Nissan, one of them a juvenile, were taken to Florence Hospital with injuries. 

The Lane County Sheriff's Office, EMS and Oregon Department of Transportation assisted OSP.

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